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February 3rd, 2010
10:16 AM ET

Sarah Palin: Why I am speaking at Tea Party Convention

Sarah Palin
USA Today

Later this week I'll head to Nashville, where I'll have the honor of speaking with members of the Tea Party movement. I look forward to meeting many Americans who share a commitment to limited government, common sense and personal responsibility. This movement is truly a grassroots, organic effort. It's not a top-down organization; it's a ground-up call to action that already has both political parties rethinking the way they do business.

From the town halls last summer to the protests and marches in the fall to the game-changing recent elections, it has been inspiring to see real people — not politicos or inside-the-Beltway professionals — speak out for common-sense conservative policies and values. As with all grassroots efforts, the nature of this movement means that sometimes the debates are loud and the organization is messier than that of a polished, controlled machine. Legitimate disagreements take place about tone and tactics. That's OK, because this movement is about bigger things than politics or organizers.

The soul of the Tea Party is the people who belong to it — everyday Americans who grow our food, run our small businesses, teach our children how to read, serve the less fortunate and fight our wars. They're folks in small towns and cities across this nation who saw what was happening to our country and decided to get involved. Thank God for them.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Marian

    Sister Sarah just needs to get over herself and go back to Alaska where she belongs but she will not do that because there is no money to be made there for her.

    February 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  2. Theresa

    Isn't this one way of staying in the limelight? She doesn't want her new competition to get ahead of the race. She doesn't know how to entertain herself if sh e doesn't have an audience. Last but not least-$!!

    February 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  3. William of Iowa

    Having set aside my Freudian hangups about Mrs. Palin, I look for something more than superficial, albeit dramatic, rants and rage directed toward any elected representative of the people who do not toe ultra conservative lines politically. Tea Party activists who post in our local paper rail against the current administration and never support their argument with facts, only assertions that high crime and misdemeanors are occuring. Freedom of speech and assembly are the Tea Party activist's right, misrepresenting facts and ignoring truth are components of a radical platform embraced by the Tea Party that mock the constitution she seems to love so much. At some point Tea Party extremists will choose candidates who support their political position and that will be very interesting.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  4. Pat

    Can you say running for President in 2012? You betcha – wink, wink!

    February 3, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  5. Imsadd

    Palin will be getting paid at the convention and has stated that she will donate the money to candidates.she is NOT keeping the money,

    February 3, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  6. Tim Gibson

    Do I need to pardon myself as a married gay male for liking Palin, or for my support of the tea party movement?

    February 3, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  7. c,ca

    Why is she speaking at the Tea Party party?

    Because she's getting paid !!!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:31 am |